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Quakers Living in the Lion's MouthThe Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865$
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A. Glenn Crothers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039732

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039732.001.0001

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Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

(p.1) Prologue
Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

A. Glenn Crothers

University Press of Florida

The prologue introduces Samuel M. Janney, Quaker minister, educator, historian, and antislavery activist. His 1849 arrest by a Loudoun County, Virginia, grand jury for inciting slave revolt introduces and illustrates Friends' awkward position within antebellum Virginia society as, at once, southerners and outsiders. It outlines Quaker spiritual beliefs, particularly their belief in the “inward light” within all people, and how this notion led to Friends' embrace of pacifism and antislavery. Finally, it identifies the book's central themes: the limits of dissent in the antebellum Upper South; the nature of antebellum southern identity; the question of means and ends in efforts of reformers to effect social change; and the transformation of antebellum Quakerism.

Keywords:   Quakers, Society of Friends, Religious dissenters, Antislavery, Southern identity, Means and ends, Samuel M. Janney

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